Firstly I wish to thank Isabelle Ralphs for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Minders by John Marrs.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Five strangers guard our secrets.
Only four can be trusted…
In the 21st century, information is king. But computers can be hacked and files can be broken into – so a unique government initiative has been born. Five ordinary people have been selected to become Minders – the latest weapon in thwarting cyberterrorism. Transformed by a revolutionary medical procedure, the country’s most classified information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.
Together, the five know every secret – the truth behind every government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. In return, they’re given the chance to leave their problems behind and a blank slate to start their lives anew.
But not everyone should be trusted, especially when they each have secrets of their own they’ll do anything to protect…
This story begins with tension that never goes away throughout the book. Set in the not too distant future technology has overtaken itself with hackers being able to break just about any encrypted code and steal its contents, so the government had come up with an idea of loading all their secrets, past and present onto various forms of transport and keeping them constantly moving. By air by sea and by boat, robotically driven while being watched by a specialised team, that is until a specialised team try to invade one of the vehicles. Well, that doesn’t work out well for them but it is the end of the line until a more viable method is found.
Hence the minders, five ordinary-looking people who have extraordinary minds. The chosen five are given the opportunity to leave their pasts behind and start again. There are a few rules, they cannot contact anyone from their past and they cannot tell anyone about what they are doing. They must not contact each other or divulge any of the secrets. In return, they will really want for nothing.
This is a hit the road running story that turns into a marathon that never stops. The story-line is superb, the likelihood possible and the outcome so believable. You really have to read this yourself, you will find out about each of the carries. You will play detective and you will be stunned like I was. I was like a rabbit in headlights, mesmerized by what was in front of me but totally thrown by what was behind it all.
This is a book you won’t put down, a book you won’t forget. a book that would make great TV.
I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Marrs is a former journalist from Northamptonshire, England, who spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
He wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.
He recently gave up his job to write novels full time. His first car at the age of seventeen was a three-door, Ford Escort with a Batman sticker in the rear windscreen. He thought the sticker was cool at the time.